Production on the new Lizzie McGuire series for Disney+ began last November, but came to a screeching halt in January after only filming 2 episodes. News broke that series creator and showrunner Terri Minsky had been abruptly fired. Since then, the show has been on hiatus with no clear direction if the project was still moving forward. At that time, sources said Minsky and Duff wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie McGuire for the reboot, while Disney wanted a family-friendly show that was more like the original series.
Recently, Hilary Duff gave an interview to E! News Online in which the actress shared she was still optimistic that the series could happen. You can read some of those tidbit quotes below:
“We are very much still in conversation with them a couple of times a week, which is really nice,” she says.
“We started shooting, and then obviously that got on hold for a couple of different reasons not involving the pandemic,” Duff continues. “But you know what, I have high hopes that we are going to make it work.”
“It’s like a responsibility to [Lizzie], honoring her and the fanbase that grew up with her,” she says. “We kind of put her on pause, and had to go back to the drawing board, but I feel optimistic that it will happen.”
“A lot of writing is happening,” Duff says, though there has been no real word on if the show can go forward. “We are being told to have patience, which is good, so I feel optimistic.”
According to Disney, the original series picks up as Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff) is just about to turn 30. She seemingly has it all – her dream job as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, her dream guy and a picturesque Brooklyn apartment – but things aren’t always as they seem. With a little help from her friends, her loving family and her 13-year-old alter-ego in animated form, Lizzie navigates the ups and downs of adulthood.
The cast, which also includes original series stars Adam Lamberg, Hallie Todd, Robert Carradine and Jake Thomas, as well as the writers and production staff are all said to be waiting for a decision on the show’s future.